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John Gendo Wolff, Sensei
John Gendo Wolff, Sensei

John Gendo Wolff, Sensei, has been a Zen practitioner for over 30 years.  He received Jukai (lay ordination) from Dennis Genpo Merzel, Roshi, on August 1, 1992.  On July 15, 2006, he was ordained as a priest in the White Plum lineage by his teacher Susan Myoyu Andersen, Roshi, and in the summer of 2008 was Shusso (head priest) of the Great Plains Zen Center at Myoshinji–Subtle Mind Temple.  In June 2012, he received Dharma Transmission (Shiho) from Myoyu Roshi and is now the resident teacher at Great Wave.

Gendo Sensei is also a writer with numerous publications of poetry in a variety of magazines and in the anthology Beneath a Single Moon: The Legacy of Buddhism in American Poetry.  He is also the author of The Driftwood Shrine: Discovering Zen in American Poetry, (Sumeru 2016), a collection of Dharma talks based on the work of several Buddhist-influenced American poets.  He currently works as a college professor, is married, and has raised three children.

Visitors to this site may read Gendo Sensei’s short (1-minute) teachings in the Small Talk category of posts.  Subscribing to this blog will allow visitors to receive email notices when new Small Talk posts are published.

Gendo Sensei is available for speaking engagements and to perform marriages, funerals, and blessings.  Please use our contact form for further information or to make inquiries.